Theology and Therapy Project: a Brief Summary

What is the Theology and Therapy Project? This project aims to understand the ways in which psychotherapy, Christianity and a new language of "spirituality" intertwined in the period after 1945, focusing primarily on Scotland, but also drawing out connections to developments elsewhere in the UK.

The project asks three questions:

  1. How and why has psychotherapy in post-war Scotland translated and adapted Christian beliefs and practices?
  2. How and why have the churches in post-war Scotland adopted psychotherapeutic ideas and practices?
  3. How and why has the Scottish synthesis of Christianity and psychotherapy been exported to England?

The project uses documentary evidence and oral-history testimony to recover and understand the ideas and activities of psychotherapists and clergy active in post-war Scotland and, to a more restricted extent, in England.